March ‘17
The Makeup Guru

March ‘17
Reham Khalifa
Reham Khalifa


    


She’s not just our favourite makeup artist that knows how to bring out everyone’s eccentric side through the art of makeup, but she’s also a mother of an adorable boy and an entrepreneur on the verge of making it international. She knows how to multi-task smoothly and how to shuffle between her personal life and career. The founder of RK Makeup Studio, Reham Khalifa, told us all about her secrets to success and managing her time. Check out our exclusive interview with her!

What can you tell us about yourself and what you do?

I'm a mother to an amazing two year-old son and a makeup artist, and I am quite proud of who I am today.


How did you decide makeup was your passion?

I remember seven years ago, my mum told me to do what I love and what makes me happy, so I chose to be a makeup artist; it’s the one thing that makes me feel alive.


How does it feel to do what you love for a living?

There is something about doing what you love; it needs a hard work and a lot of practice. As a self-taught makeup artist, I have experienced the ups and down of the ever-changing beauty industry, but it has also become the basis of why I tend to create my own unique touch in every face.


What values must one hold to become successful in this field?

When it comes to having a successful career as a makeup artist, who you are is just as important as what you do. I have seen that personality matters as much as skills do. You must be yourself and let that shimmer through your art, whether you are working with a bride for a day, or traveling on tour as a personal makeup artist to a celebrity. The reason they request you by name is because your personality that shows through your work.


What sort of obstacles did you have to face in your journey to becoming renowned?

I struggled a lot, but my heart and mind told me that I could do it. I worked hard until I finally opened my own makeup studio, and that’s when my dream had come true. It’s hard to keep up the good work with the same efforts when you are married and have a kid, aside from your passion in what you do that compels you to be a perfectionist; however, when you achieve your dreams, you just get stronger.


What do you love the most about your job?

What I love the most about my job is how I get to accentuate the beauty of brides-to-be enough to see them confident about themselves. To be able to make a bride look glowing in her most special, memorable day is the happiness itself.


Describe your most precious moment during your career.

My favourite moments are whenever my mum says she is proud me. I'm thankful for what I have and what I have done in the past seven years. Happy mother's day


How do you manage to juggle between motherhood and work?

Being a full time working mother can lead to feelings of guilt and stress because of divided attention between work and family. The key is to focus on a plan, be organized by making a schedule for yourself. I list a yearly plan of all the things I want to do, all the activities I need to try out, and I do my best not to miss any of them. I also try to avoid wasting time at work as well.


In your opinion, what are the most crucial values and skills to teach your child at a young age?

Good manners, showing gratitude, being truthful, respecting people, and communication. You must teach them the ability to exchange thoughts, feelings and information.


By Rania Ihab